Most Common psychiatric conditions in childhood
19.6% ADHD & Disruptive Behavior
14.3% Depression & Bipolar
2.7% Eating Disorder
Pediatric Neuroimmune Disorders such as autoimmune encephalopathy and other inflammatory brain diseases will often present with some or all of the above symptoms.
As science advances, our understanding of the immune system and it’s relationship to the brain does as well.
How are PANS & PANDAS treated?
2017 Standards of Care for PANS/PANDAS:
Medical professionals are highly encouraged to sign up with the PANDAS Physicians Network to keep up-to-date with the latest research and information.
I think my child may have PANS or PANDAS. Now what?
If you are a parent who suspects your child may be suffering from PANS/PANDAS or similar neuroimmune disorders, then you should consult your child’s pediatrician. Many physicians are not yet familiar and may not fully understand the link between infections and psychiatric illness, therefore we recommend you download this diagnostic flow chart from the PANDAS Physicians Network (PPN) and bring it with you to your appointment.
You can also direct your child’s medical team to the National Institute of Mental Health, the PANDAS Physicians Network, or the Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) Center of Excellence at Steele Research Center for further information regarding diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing research studies.
If you feel your child may be suffering from this disorder, make sure your medical team takes you seriously. Trust your intuition. There is no better guide. For more information and to keep abreast of our research and advocacy efforts, visit our families page and sign up for our newsletter. You can also find a wealth of information on treatment providers and managing the illness online in PANS & PANDAS Support groups on Facebook.
Please note: We are not medical professionals and this is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor for questions related to your child’s health.